Oral Answers to Questions — Family Budget Inquiry

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th July 1952.

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Photo of Mr Roy Jenkins Mr Roy Jenkins , Birmingham Stechford 12:00 am, 24th July 1952

asked the Minister of Labour when the new family budget inquiry recommended by the Cost of Living Advisory Committee in August, 1951, is to be started.

Photo of Sir Walter Monckton Sir Walter Monckton , Bristol West

A full-scale budget inquiry based on a representative sample of households throughout the country requires very careful and detailed preparation in order to ensure that the results can be accepted as reflecting a true picture of the pattern of consumers' expenditure. Considerable progress has already been made in drawing up the necessary plans, and the date when the inquiry should be launched is now under consideration by the Cost of Living Advisory Committee.

Photo of Mr Roy Jenkins Mr Roy Jenkins , Birmingham Stechford

In view of the fact that the Advisory Committee stress the urgency of this, also in view of the fact that the field work is likely to take about a year and the collation longer, and the importance of the matter, ought not the Minister now to be able to announce the date by which it will start?

Photo of Sir Walter Monckton Sir Walter Monckton , Bristol West

The difficulty is that the views of the Cost of Living Advisory Committee have been sought on this but have not yet been received in a final shape. I have every confidence that it will not be much beyond the end of the year.